Authors In The Open Source World

Last week, Seth Godin wrote another great post. This time the argument is the difference between companies and authors. No company would endorse a competitor while writers often suggest books written by others.

The implicit message is that culture is not a product.

For FOSS developers it works almost the same. If someone is creating a good software, his project will be not only praised but also improved by other developers. And the good part is that they share their work for free.

For these reasons I think that with the following sentence, Seth is describing a situation wider than he thought.

It's not a zero-sum game. It's an infinite game, one where we each seek to help ideas spread and lives change.


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Luca Sommacal

Luca Sommacal

Italian developer (mainly in C for embedded platforms), Linux learner, addicted to rock music, history, science and few other things. Follow me on Twitter

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